Canadian equities have started the day in positive territory. The S&P/TSX Composite index is up 0.2%, with seven of eleven sectors in the green at midday.
In corporate news, BlackBerry Ltd. (BB) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced a strategic partnership to enhance the security of mobile Microsoft Office 365 applications used by enterprise customers. The market reacted favourably to the news, driving BB shares higher. Shares of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ATD.b) are in the red today after the company announced Q3F2018 results. Revenue of US$15.79bn was largely in line with the consensus estimate of US$15.54bn, but adj. EPS of US$0.54 fell short of the US$0.74 consensus estimate. The Scotiabank GBM analyst ascribed the miss to a weaker-than-expected U.S. fuel margin, a YOY decline in European merchandise gross margin, and increased hurricane clean-up costs.
Like most of you, I consider that my multi-tasking skills are an asset. Most of the people in my professional circle are gifted multi-taskers, sliding seamlessly from one project to another – often coping successfully with a multiplicity of projects apparently at the same time. The key word here is apparently.
According to Common Sense Media1: ‘Multi-tasking is doing several tasks at the same time, such as texting while watching TV, posting on Instagram while talking to friends, or switching among programs on a computer.
Kids who are socially active on their devices often multi-task. It may make them less productive because the brain must refocus every time it switches to a new activity. They also may have trouble remembering things that occurred while they were multitasking. Some research even suggests heavy multi-tasking may be associated with social anxiety and depression.’